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From 8 April 2013 the Government is introducing a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64.

When will PIP be introduced?

New claims

June 2013 – new claims for Personal Independence Payment will start.

Existing DLA claimants

Existing Disability Living Allowance claimants who are aged 16 to 64 on 8 April 2013 or reach age 16 after that date will be affected by the introduction of Personal Independence Payment, even if they have an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA.

The Department for Work and Pensions will write to all existing DLA claimants in February and March 2013 with more information about PIP in their usual annual letters that tell them what their new benefit rate will be.

Personal Independence Payment is being introduced in stages over a number of years.

October 2013 – if an individual reports a change in how a health condition or disability affects them, they reach the end of an existing award of DLA (and haven’t already received a DLA renewal letter), or they are approaching the age of 16, then the Department for Work and Pensions will invite them to claim Personal Independence Payment.

From 2015 – the Government will start to contact everyone else receiving DLA (unless they report a change in how their health condition or disability affects them, or if their award is due to end).

There is no automatic transfer from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment.